Michael Clarke handed coaching role

Michael Clarke retired from the game in 2015
Michael Clarke retired from the game in 2015
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Cricket Australia has appointed former Australian skipper Michael Clarke as the coach for the Prime Minister's XI team that will play a Twenty20 game against Sri Lanka later this month.

Clarke, who has played 394 international games for Australia announced his retirement following the 2015 Ashes series in England.

Under his captaincy, Australia won their fifth World Cup during the 2015 edition, whitewashed arch-rivals England 5-0 during the 2013–14 Ashes series and also led them to the number one ranking in Tests.

The decision to appoint the 35-year-old comes after Western Australia batsman Adam Voges was named the captain of the Prime Minister's XI team which also has George Bailey and James Pattinson.

Clarke said he is eagerly looking forward to the new role with the Prime Minister's XI team.

"The squad has a really good mix of experienced players and some exciting young talent," Clarke said.

"I think we'll be really competitive against Sri Lanka, and I know we can play an exciting brand of cricket in front of what will hopefully be a big crowd in Canberra."

As the dates of the T20I series against Sri Lanka will collide with the Test series in India, the selectors have named an inexperienced yet a talented Australian squad which will have Justin Langer as the head coach and Ricky Ponting and Jason Gillespie assisting him.

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